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  • A few years ago I purchased an upright spoon rest from a book party a friend of mine had. I absolutely love the way it holds the spoon, and it takes up less room on my stove.

    Unfortunately, a few months ago, I dropped the ceramic piece of the spoon rest and it broke. Let me just say this... it didn't take long for me to realize how much I was going to miss it!

    So, what choice did I have than to buy a new one right? Wrong!!! I am a potter... why couldn't I come up with a design to make an upright spoon rest out of clay?

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio if you want to make one yourself.

    • Clay Blog Review: July 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-july-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Upright Pottery Spoon Rest Project […]

  • A couple weeks ago we made the beginning stages of a decorative log candle. Today, we are going to complete that project. If you didn't read Part 1, follow this link Functional and Decorative Log Candle - Part 1, to take a look.

    I'm going to show you how to add the flower, use underglaze to give it a rustic finish, and explain the firing process I used for this beauty, so grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

    If you followed along with part 1 and already made the log, this is where you want to be... if you haven't made the log yet, follow the link above to make the log, then join us back here to finish it up.

    • Clay Blog Review: June 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-june-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Functional and Decorative Log Candle – Part 2 […]

  • Who doesn't love a beautiful candle? Not only do they add character to your home, but they work well in a power outage! Don't depend on those generic candles you picked up at the grocery store... keep one on display and it's at the ready if needed.

    Today's project is a little tougher than some that we've done in the past but it's well worth the effort! Ps... we will begin the project today and finish it off in Part 2.

    So grab your coffee, put on your best creative hat, and follow me to the studio!

  • With early summer fruit starting to ripen on the vines a lot of folks are digging out their handed down family recipes and baking up a storm! Instead of laying that old recipe card on the counter, why not make yourself (friends/family too) a beautiful recipe card holder?

    You don't use recipe cards... you use a cookbook instead? Well, just increase the size of the design, and it will accommodate those books just as nicely as it will the cards.

    Are you ready to make a super easy project that will brighten up your counter and last a lifetime? Heck, you could even hand the holder down with the recipe cards you've cherished forever.

    PS... I'm using a brown stoneware clay for this project, however; you can make it out of whatever clay you work with.

    • Clay Blog Review: June 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-june-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Hand Built Recipe Card Holder […]

  • I was asked a few weeks ago to make some mugs with a company's logo on it. Since I don't slip cast, I figured the best way for me to do it would be to make a template, and hand build them.

    I reached out to a few people with CNC Routers, to make them out of wood for me, however; they just didn't turn out as I had planned. The amount of time I had to put into them to "clean-up" the wording was definitely not cost effective!

    What to do??? Well, I decided to bring out the Dremel Tool and a piece of printing linoleum, then try my hand at carving the logo.

    This is how I did it...

    • Clay Blog Review: May 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-may-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Making Clay Logo Templates […]

  • You've just pulled a fresh batch of wares from the kiln and they are amazing, however; without the finishing touches on you pots, they may not live up to your expectations.

    A rough bottom, that scratches your customers table, is not only going to upset the customer and possibly cost you repairs, but it could ruin your reputation in a hurry!

    It only takes a few minutes with a piece of sandpaper, Grit Quick Cleaners, a Kemper SMS Tool, or a sanding disk, to make that pots bottom as soft as a baby's.

    Let me show you a few examples...

  • Do you like the look of a large "thrown"platter,  versus a slab platter, but don't quite have the skills to start with a ball of clay to make one? Well, there is an alternative method that might just be the ticket!

    We are going to make an 18" platter with a slab and large coil finished off on the potters wheel. Not only is it going to look great, it will give you a sense of accomplishment!

    Grab a cup of coffee and follow me to the studio!

    • LIZ | #

      AFTER YOU ARE FINISHED ,DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM REMOVING PLATTER FROM BAT.WITHOUT IT BUCKLING / OR THINNING OUT/WARPING /WHEN FIRED? Also do you know of a matt glaze that works well on terra cotta clay ?

    • Joan Gibson | http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheClosetPotterShop

      What did you do with the 16" one? The same thing but smaller?

  • One of the current trends is handmade soaps. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. The problem is finding a good quality, aesthetically pleasing, soap dish for those pretty bars.

    With any bar soap it's important to have a holder that allows it to drain properly and keep it from getting too soft and slimy. Besides, who likes to clean a soap dish that's been collecting all that mess?

    Today we are going to make a two-piece soap dish, that will not only look awesome holding your soap, it will bring style and personality to wherever you choose to place it!

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

    • Clay Blog Review: March 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-march-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Pretty Little Soap Dishes […]

    • Vickie | #

      Hi,
      Thanks for the little how-to... sure wish I knew what kind of clay, fired in what kind make/model of kiln or at least temp/time etc.. kind of glaze? finished item photo?? love it, but a newbie here with a million newbie questions :D

    • johnmuller | #

      Hi nice article, thank you for sharing.. handmade soap is the best one to protect the skin.

  • I woke up this morning and stepped outside to warmer weather, a light drizzle, and the smell of Spring in the air.

    Immediately my mind went to the garden and what I will be planting this year. Then I started thinking, "I may even try my hand at planting some seeds and see what comes of it."

    Just like clay, taking that little seed that doesn't look like much, and watching it grow into something beautiful, well... it sparks that creative side of my brain and brings feelings of excitement!

    Now that I've decided to grow a few of my own seeds, it's time to prepare for it with my art. Garden spikes and little pots are on the agenda, so follow me to the studio and let's make a few.

    • Clay Blog Review: February 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-february-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Decorative Garden Spikes […]

  • Every once in a while I find myself sitting at my work table in a funk... you know what I mean. You don't really want, or don't have time, to get involved in a project... but you're not quite ready to call it quits for the day either.

    Well, I found myself in that situation the other day, so I took some scraps off the table and started to play with them. Immediately, I found myself making a cute little triple bud vase that only took about 15 minutes, but it was the perfect way to end that funk!

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio and we'll make one together!

    • Clay Blog Review: February 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-february-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: How To Make a Triple Bud Vase […]

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